Older workers need jobs, too

Target store
Rows of carts await customers at a Target store in Chicago.
M. Spencer Green | AP file

The unemployment rate for Americans over the age of 55 is lower than the national unemployment rate, but not all work in their desired fields.

Companies such as Macy's, FedEx, and Target sent out requests for seasonal and temporary workers to address a shortage of staffing during the holidays. These jobs attract employees over the age of 55 and retirees, but are they only jobs available for older workers?

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Chris Farrell is the economics editor for MarketPlace.

Kate Schaefers is the executive director of the University of Minnesota's Advanced Careers Initiative.

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